Why Would Al Qaeda Target Spain?

So apparently Al Qaeda is taking responsibility for the terrorist attack in Spain, saying that it was done to punish that country for allying itself with the United States, specifically for Spain’s support of the war against Iraq.

But wait a minute — that makes no sense at all. As we all know, the war against Iraq was a preemptive military action carried out unilaterally by the Bush administration without consulting, much less coordinating with, any allies.

If Al Qaeda would only follow John Kerry’s speeches, they’d know that the United States had no international support for its war against Iraq and leave the Spaniards alone.

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